Frozen 2 could give Elsa a female love interest, but that's something the film's director is playing coy about. Frozen was a groundbreaking success for Walt Disney Animation - an iconic film studio that started to see a strong resurgence in quality and commercial success in the late 2000s and early 2010s. While animated films such as Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph were undoubtedly successful, neither was quite as popular as 2013's Frozen, which was written by Jennifer Lee and directed by Lee and Chris Buck.
Frozen is currently the highest-grossing animated film of all-time (unadjusted for ticket price inflation, of course), and its success was partly boosted by its prioritization of sibling love over non-familial, relationship-type love. Plus, its songs - particularly "Let it Go" and "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" - only elevated the film's popularity amongst audiences. But one thing that many fans want to see in the upcoming sequel, in addition to more catchy songs and the sisterly bond between Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel), is a female love interest for Elsa. And that's something that Lee just might be open to doing, but it's also something that she won't explicitly confirm or deny.
In an interview with Huffington Post for her latest film, A Wrinkle in Time, Jennifer Lee briefly discussed possibly giving Elsa a female love interest as well as being moved by all the fan campaigns regarding Elsa's sexuality.
“I love everything people are saying [and] people are thinking about with our film ― that it’s creating dialogue, that Elsa is this wonderful character that speaks to so many people. It means the world to us that we’re part of these conversations. Where we’re going with it, we have tons of conversations about it, and we’re really conscientious about these things. For me ... Elsa’s every day telling me where she needs to go, and she’ll continue to tell us. I always write from character-out, and where Elsa is and what Elsa’s doing in her life, she’s telling me every day. We’ll see where we go.”
Clearly, Lee is good at deflecting the answer, which is understandable considering that it's a tough subject to tackle. Walt Disney Studios is revered by families all over the world, and that's precisely why giving Elsa a female love interest in Frozen 2 could cause a rift in the movie's fan base. Part of the reason Disney is so successful and so popular is because the company is rooted in tradition. Unfortunately, that also means they are not as progressive as other film studios, such as 20th Century Fox (who is releasing 2018's Love, Simon - one of the industry's first major rom-coms with a homosexual lead). Ironically, Disney is currently in the process of acquiring Fox.
Giving Elsa a girlfriend in Frozen 2 isn't something that's only supported by fans, Menzel herself thinks it's a great idea. However, she's pretty much up for anything Disney plans to do with Elsa, including giving her a male love interest... or no love interest. Whatever ends up happening, though, audiences will have to wait at least another year to find out, seeing as Frozen 2 isn't slated to hit theaters until late 2019.
Source: Huffington Post
- Frozen 2 (2019) release date: Nov 29, 2019